ASIDE from social media and technology, millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) value collaboration, connection and community outreach.

In the study conducted by Nielsen, 93 percent of millennials give importance to social capital.

This is fueling the reemergence of young professional organizations that brings quality to a space diluted Facebook and Instagram posts.

A majority of millennials (67 percent) stated that they would prefer to join organizations founded by peers of a similar age.

For those millennials out there who remains in doubt of joining organizations here are the five reasons why becoming members can be beneficial to your life:

* Networking – millennials value the chance to make new personal and professional connections. Organizations provide ways to connect with peers and industry leaders.

* Learning resource - millennials love to learn and stay current on knowledge. Organizations can provide access to educational resources such as seminars, trainings, and events.

* Leadership skills – your membership in organizations brings you the opportunities to develop leadership skills by taking roles as project chair and chapter officer.

* Career growth - millennials are looking for options for individual learning and growth that may accelerate your career development.

* Opportunity to give back – millennials have been dubbed as “the giving generation.” Organizations provide a once in a lifetime chance to give back by participating in charity work and community outreach.

In Bacolod, there are many organizations to join in.

One organization is founded by millennials called Junior Chamber International (JCI)–Bacolod Executive back in 2013.

It is an organization composed of young professionals from different fields who challenged themselves to become leaders and to create positive change in the community.

According to the incoming local president of JCI Bacolod Executive, Mhel Enderes Sillador, the JCI experience revolves around four areas of opportunities: individual development (trainings and skills enhancement), community (awareness of social needs), international (a worldwide network of members), business (engaging in productive entrepreneurial endeavors)

For more information on how you can join JCI Bacolod Executive, you can message them at +639177711693 or visit their Facebook page @JCIBacolodExecutive.

Another organization is the Toastmasters International. Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. The organization has more than 357,000 memberships. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 16,600 clubs in 143 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.

The Toastmasters Club in the Philippines is very active. Bacolod has several chapters. You may contact this author at if you want to improve your self-esteem, communication and leadership skills.

There are more clubs to get involved in, like Rotary Club, Lions Club, and even professional organizations.

Connecting and linking to a club, is a way of coping with stress. Stress can be a source of mental health issues. Prevention is the key. Join a club today.